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Advocates Discuss Ways to Promote Health Equity, Expand Access to Services at Los Angeles Convening

Advocates Discuss Ways to Promote Health Equity, Expand Access to Services at Los Angeles Convening

Our Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in Post-ACA California convening series continued today in Los Angeles, and we continued to hear more great discussion about behavioral health integration, Health for All efforts to expand health coverage regardless of immigration status, and ways to improve quality of care while considering equity measures.

The day began with a great presentation by Felicia Jones of Healthy African American Families and Dr. Michael Ong from UCLA about Community Partners in Care (CPIC). Jones and Ong described how CPIC was a partnership between community and academic partners to develop strategies to reduce the burden of depression in vulnerable communities, particularly South Los Angeles and Hollywood/Metro Los Angeles.

They also had an interesting map showing one homeless client’s journey to access services and how in order to receive treatment he had to travel hours each way.

Jones and Ong finished by pointing to the program’s results.

Like in Fresno last Thursday, we also heard from California Immigrant Policy Center’s Betsy Estudillo on Health for All and SEIU’s Michelle Cabrera on considering equity while improving health care quality.

And after the presentations, we closed with some great small group discussions on the topics we heard about earlier in the day.

We have one more convening left, tomorrow in San Diego. If you’ll be in the area, you can register on site.

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